Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Math Workstations Chapter 7: Geometry Workstations

Here it is, y'all! I have been so anxiously awaiting my turn to host this chapter!

So, what is a geometry workstation?

A geometry workstation does NOT have the goal of helping students simply memorize the shapes.
It is NOT a chance for students to practice identifying shapes for a test.
It IS a chance to expose students to the vocabulary of geometry.
It IS designed to help students develop the ability to visualize objects and spatial relationships.
It IS designed to get them to look at things in the real world and see the shapes they are created from.

What kind of geometry workstations do I have in my classroom?

My goal for next year is to have workstations that beg my students to explore mathematical concepts. I want to use work stations as a chance for students to build the math vocabulary that they need.

Here is the fun part! I've got lots of freebies to share with you!

The first one is a set of vocabulary cards I have created. I plan to use these in mini-lessons as I teach a concept. I will also brainstorm with the students which words they would need for specific workstations and include them in the basket so they are easily accessible.

Geometry Vocabulary Cards -

The next FREE download for you is a set of shape cards. I will use these to  help my students develop the ability to visualize spatial relationships. They will sort the shapes, compare the shapes, group the shapes, etc.

Shape Cards -

This next FREEBIE is a set of shape sorting cards. It is meant to be used with the shape cards. Each card provides directions for sorting the cards.

Shape Sorting Cards -

This FREEBIE is a set of "Guess My Shape" cards. Debbie Diller wrote about this game in her book.

Guess my shape cards -

Please leave me a comment or rate these free products in my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you enjoy them!

Here is a product I enjoy using as my students are sorting the shape cards:

These are called Sorting Circles from Learning Resources. I used to have my students create circles with string, but 1st graders can get particular about the string circle and feel the need to spend MUCH time fixing the string circle if it gets moved. These sorting circle are perfect for eliminating that issue! No, I have not been asked to promote this product... I just really like it!

I will have Freebies for chapter 8 posted on my blog and my Teachers Pay Teachers store next week, so be sure you are a follower!

Now it's your turn! Link up with your thoughts on this chapter! Thanks for checking out my little blog!


Elisabeth said...

Thanks for all these awesome freebies!!! I'm excited to use them! You don't happen to have more vocabulary cards for other math terms do you??


Karen LeBlanc said...

Love the freebies, especially the math vocabulary cards! Thanks so much :)

Meredith said...

Thanks for all of the great resources-I love the vocabulary cards. I definitely need to get a set of those sorting circles!
Keen on Kindergarten

beachliesl said...

Thanks so much for sharing these! I am excited to see how these are going to impact my kiddos next year!

Liesl in VA

Jenn Bates said...

Great job hosting this week! LOVE the vocab cards!
Finally in First

Ms. Helms said...

I love the vocabulary cards!!! Is there any chance you can do them with a different font or e-mail them to me in Word so I can change the font? I have found my students get confused with that particular font. They have an especially difficult time with the "s". They think the word is up side down.

Thanks again for sharing!


Tanya said...

You are awesome! Thank you for all the great freebies.
☺ Tanya

First Grade is Fantabulous!

Deborah said...

I love the vocabulary cards too. If you send me a copy of the cards that can be edited, I will change the English words to Spanish. Then I'll send them back to you to post again on your blog. So many of us have bilingual students that could really benefit from these cards.

Melissa said...

Thanks so much! I am enjoying this book linky party so much. You guys are doing a great job.
I am going to try and add some more to my math stations post soon.

Fuel the Brain said...

I love my sorting circles, too! I have a large tub of plastic "junk" from Dollar Tree: a variety of frogs, seashells, etc. the kids sort with into venn diagrams. Now, thanks to your sorting cards, I have something new to add to that station. Thanks!

tmarie said...

You have done a wonderful job! I will have to order these sorting circle. I have seen them on several blogs. They are now at the top of my wish list!
Spotlight on Kindergarten

The Lesson Plan Diva- A 1st grade blog said...

Thank you so much! These are wonderful!

Lesson Plan Diva

Precious Perks (Leigh) said...

AMAZING!!! Thank you!

Jill said...

Thank you SO MUCH for all of these beautiful cards! Love them. I think I also have to order those sorting circles! Thanks again. :)

Magnificent Multiagers!

Lory said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful downloads. I am so excited about the colorful, clean lined cards... You're an amazing lady ;)


Lisa said...

Great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!


Sarah said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing all those freebies with us :)

Chrissy said...

Thanks for sharing! You have given me a huge head start on creating new work stations!


rajput said...

Very impressive blog, and I am here to share something about triangle as -The similar triangles are also called as equiangular triangle. This is because in equilateral triangles, both the triangles have equal angles. The similar triangles have common shape but different sizes.
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